Dryden, John An Essay of Dramatic Poesy

ISBN 13: 9780217770897

An Essay of Dramatic Poesy

9780217770897: An Essay of Dramatic Poesy

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...ceremonies, and customs, that if one of their poets had written either of his tragedies, we had seen less of it than in him. If there was any fault in 25 his language, 'twas that he weaved it too closely and laboriously, in his comedies especially1: perhaps too, he did a little too much Romanize our tongue, leaving the words which he translated almost as much Latin as he found them: wherein, though he learnedly fol-30 lowed their2 language, he did not enough comply with 1 for ' comedies especially ' A has ' serious Playes.' 2 the idiom of their, A. the idiom of ours. If I would compare him with Shakspeare, I must acknowledge him the more correct poet, but Shakspeare the greater wit. Shakspeare.was the Homer, or father of our dramatick poets-; Johnson was_the writing; I admire_him, but J love Shakspeare). To conctode of him; as he has given us the most correct plays, so in the precepts which he has laid down in his Discoveries, we have as many and profitable rules for perfecting the stage, as any wherewith the French 10 can famish us. ' Having thus spoken of the author, I proceed to the examination of his comedy, The Silent Woman111. EXAMEN OF THE SILENT WOMAN. 'To begin first with the length of the action-; it 15 is so far from exceeding the compass of a natural day, that it takes not up an artificial one. 'Tis all inclyded in the limits of three hours and an half, which is no more than is required for the presentment on the stage: a beauty perhaps not much observed; o if it had, we should not have looked on the Spanish translation of Five Hours with so much, wonder.. The scene of it is laid in London; the latitude of place is almost as little as you can imagine; for it lies all within the compass of two houses, and after 25 the first act, in...

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